Galt Gardens was filled with the sights, sounds and smells of Latin America on Saturday for the third annual Festival Latino.
Jane Anderson, an event organizer, said the event features a mixture of Latino cultures from a number of different countries, including people from Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Argentina.
“They’ve all come together so they can share with us all of their culture, music, dance and their delicious food,” said Anderson.
The day included music and dance performances, as well as a number of booths from local restaurants specializing in Latin cuisine. Children played in bouncy castles, had their faces painted, or decorated themselves with temporary tattoos. There was a large mist area for anyone looking to play in the water and cool off. For those wishing to take in the summer sounds and sun, there was a beer garden serving tequila and other Latin favourites.
Latin America includes a large, diverse population with many ethnic groups, languages (though primarily Spanish) and cultural backgrounds.
This is the third year for the event, which is put on with the help of the Southern Alberta Ethnic Association.
College employee receives prestigious training
Lethbridge College communications specialist Paul Kingsmith has been named one of four SimpsonScarborough Scholars by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
The SimpsonScarborough Scholars program supports the professional development of promising communications and marketing practitioners who are new to the field of post-secondary advancement. As a scholar, Kingsmith will receive free attendance at the Summer Institute for Communications and Marketing, CASE’s flagship training program for newcomers to the field, next week at Boston University.
“I’m so thankful to receive this incredible opportunity,” said Kingsmith, in a release from LC.
“I have learned so much from my colleagues here at the college and I look forward to expanding my skills even further by meeting with skilled professionals from across North America at the conference. Working for Lethbridge College is such a fulfilling career as we work to create opportunities for our students to advance their own lives, education and careers.”
Kingsmith was nominated by Gwen Wirth, Lethbridge College’s communications manager, and Lisa Kozleski, senior writer and editor at LC, who both credit his previous experience as a reporter and news anchor, his strategic thinking skills and his willingness to learn with making him an indispensable part of the advancement team.
Young woman killed in collision
An 18-year-old woman is dead following a fiery collision near Taber Friday night.
Taber/Vauxhall RCMP responded to a two-vehicle collision at about 10:20 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Highway 526 and Highway 36. The collision involved an SUV and a car.
The car was travelling east on Highway 526 when it collided with the SUV, which was travelling north on Highway 36.
As a result of the collision, the SUV rolled and the car caught fire. All three occupants of the SUV attended an area hospital with minor injuries.
A 17-year-old driver of the car was transported to hospital with undisclosed injuries, and an 18-year-old female passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Police are investigating the accident with the assistance of a collision analyst. A cause for the collision has yet to be determined.
Glitch in U of L parking plan
The University of Lethbridge has abandoned plans to sell parking passes through a new online system following a week of issues.
On Friday, the U of L issued a statement regarding the decision:
“After a week of extensive work with our vendor and significant testing of the parking permit system, we are unfortunately still experiencing issues and are not confident to relaunch the system as it is,” the statement reads. “As a result, we have abandoned plans to use this system as a means of distributing parking permits.”